The Turner Diaries

The Turner Diaries

A Novel

eBook - 1996
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"At 9:02 am on Wednesday April 19, 1995, two tons of explosives ripped apart the federal office building in Oklahoma City and the psyche of America. The worst case of domestic terrorism in our history, this explosion killed 169 men, women, and children. The author of this book has written, If [this book] had been available to the general public ... the Oklahoma bombing would not have come as such a surprise. It has been considered by the Justice Department and other government agencies as the bible of right-wing militia groups, and the FBI believes it provided the blueprint for the Oklahoma City bombing. Barricade Books has published it so America can better understand the cause of racism and extremism."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Fort Lee, NJ :, Barricade Books,, 1996
ISBN: 9781569803929
Characteristics: 1 online resource (211 pages)
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May 27, 2018

The Turner Diaries is one of the most famous banned books in history. It's often called the most dangerous book in history and it has inspired many terrorists and white supremacists. The entire novel is told in the form of a diary written by a middle-aged white man who refuses to give up his guns when the government makes them illegal. He finds himself in with a band of people who share his point of views, at least most of them, and they plot to overthrow the government. Timothy McVeigh was inspired by this book to bomb the federal building in Oklahoma City (a similar event is described in the novel) and the Order, a white supremacist group who named themselves after the group in the novel, murdered three people including the talk-radio host Alan Berg in the early 1980s in an effort to start a race war like the one in the novel. One of the reasons this book has been banned and is not sold on Amazon or Barnes and Noble is because of the fear that it will create more of the racist right wing skinheads. I just found it really boring. There was some interesting information on how to subsist off the land and use the government's resources for power, water, guns, bomb-making, etc. I think a lot of it is outdated now but a lot of it is still possible even four decades after this was written. So that makes you think. As for those who claim that the events in this novel could never take place, I think Trump has proved that anything is possible. In the last three decades the past five presidents have undone most of the good work that was done by all the presidents who preceded them. So yes, it's totally possible.


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